Man injured in tractor-trailer accident on Milton Highway
Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law

Semi-trucks are common on Danville's roadways. Most people take care when driving near these large vehicles, but it is important that drivers of semi-trucks take an equal amount of care to operate their vehicles responsibly. The failure to do so could have serious consequences.

Earlier this month a tractor-trailer and a compact automobile collided head-on on Milton Highway, resulting in injuries. According to the Ringgold Fire and Rescue Chief, the driver of the automobile was injured and was flown to an area hospital. Witnesses to the accident reported hearing a loud noise, and then seeing the tractor-trailer falling down an embankment. The cab of the truck detached from the vehicle's trailer, but the trucker was uninjured.

The automobile fell down the other embankment, trapping the motorist inside. Rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to free the motorist, which took over half-an-hour. Witnesses report that the motorist suffered serious injuries to his lower limbs. The front end of the motorist's automobile reportedly sustained extensive damage.

In addition, the collision caused the tractor trailer's fuel tank to break open. This resulted in fuel being spilled. Firefighters had to stop and contain the fluid by digging a ditch. Traffic was stopped in the area of the accident for nearly three hours.

It remains to be seen what exactly caused this head-on collision. But as this incident shows, when it comes to collisions between semi-trucks and automobiles, it is usually the truck that wins. In general, if the driver of a semi-truck causes an accident that results in another motorist being injured, the injured motorist can pursue a personal injury lawsuit. In some situations, it may be possible to also hold the owner of the truck accountable, in addition to the driver of the truck. Individuals who have been in an accident with a semi-truck and want to know who they can hold liable may want to consult with a personal injury attorney to learn more.

Source:, "Head-on collision causes major traffic backups, fuel spill," Ceillie Simkiss, June 10, 2016

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